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Senior Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Senior Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

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Anta Cissé-Green is Senior Vice Chancellor & General Counsel for The State University of New York Office of General Counsel.  As General Counsel, Anta serves as the chief legal officer to the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, System Administration and the presidents of the state-operated campuses. Anta manages and supervises the SUNY Office of General Counsel consisting of 45 experienced higher education attorneys, and paralegals, located in Albany at the System Administration headquarters and in campus-based offices at the four University Centers, Health Science Centers, and various colleges across SUNY’s 64 campuses.

Prior to SUNY, Anta served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on a variety of fundraising and tax-related legal matters including drafting and negotiating agreements for gifts and bequests, administration of bequests from trusts and estates, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for fundraising events and activities for NYU Langone Hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine. As Director of Legal Operations for NYU Langone, Anta develops and drives the Office of General Counsel’s administrative priorities, leads key departmental projects, including selection and implementation of technology and efficiency of legal operations. 

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Health in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax-exempt organizations.  Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Anta has been awarded various accolades and honors in connection with her work in the legal profession. In addition to being named in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100, Anta was an honoree in the Crain’s 2019 Notable Women of Law, and named by the New York Law Journal as a "Lawyer Who Leads By Example", in recognition of her many years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers; named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; and as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by SuperLawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta is an active member of her community in her roles as President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the largest unified association of Black and other minority lawyers, in the New York metropolitan area, with a mission to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of Blacks and other minorities in the profession, address legal issues affecting the citywide community, and foster the study of law by encouraging the personal and professional development of young lawyers and law students.

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